Underwhelming Rhetoric

Posted by Brian Patrick on

FYI – 

This morning White House Economic Advisor Gene Sperling claimed there was “overwhelming” Democrat support for the President’s jobs bill. If Senate Democrats overwhelmingly supported the President’s jobs bill, they wouldn’t have:

  • Blocked a vote on the President’s original bill
  • Chosen to alter the President’s bill
  • Opted to discuss ways to break up the President’s bill.


Background:

  • Reid Blocks The President’s Stimulus Bill, Underscoring Neither Harry Reid Nor President Obama Has A Clear Strategy For Passing The Bill. Even as Obama spoke, McConnell was attempting to call his bluff by pushing for a quick Senate vote on the jobs bill, which Senate Democrats have acknowledged doesn't have the support to pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid objected so he could delay action until Democrats can corral more support. It underscored Obama's dilemma as he travels the country seeking to isolate Republicans to take the blame if his jobs bill doesn't pass -- without a clear strategy for ensuring it does. (The Associated Press, 10/4/11)
  • Democrats Scrap President's Proposal To Pay For Bill.  .... on Wednesday came clear evidence of this shift: Senate Democratic leaders scrapped Obama’s proposal to cover the cost of his jobs bill by raising taxes on income over $250,000 a year, the old Democratic standard for defining the wealthy. Instead, they are proposing a 5.6 percent surtax on annual income of more than $1 million. Democrats say their new focus is intended to bolster support for Obama’s jobs package. (The Washington Post, 10/5/11)
  • Senate Democrats Discuss Breaking Up The President’s Bill. Senate Democrats are mulling breaking President Barack Obama's job-creation program into pieces and moving forward with individual components of the plan following what is expected to be a defeat of the entire package in a vote on Tuesday, aides said. No final decisions have been made on the timing of any such move, nor on what aspects of the plan would be brought forward as individual pieces of legislation, the aides cautioned. ... The strategy was discussed at a meeting at the White House between the president and Senate Democratic leaders on Friday. Democrats are planning to meet with the party's Senate lawmakers on Wednesday where aides said the idea would be discussed further. (The Wall Street Journal, 10/11/11)
     




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